Trahan, Clemson Ranked #1

Clemson senior D.J. Trahan has rising to the number-one ranking in college golf according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The ratings are through college tournaments of this past weekend. The Clemson team remains ranked number-one for the second straight month.

Trahan is also rated number-one in the world amateur rankings by Golfweek.

Trahan moved ahead of Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan with a 54-hole score of 201 at the Cleveland Golf Augusta State Invitational this past weekend. The native of Inman who was named the winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award last year, had rounds of 66-71-64 in scoring a 15-under-par tournament. He finished second to Oliver Wilson of Augusta State, who has now moved to third in the individual rankings.

Trahan's 64 on Sunday included birdies on the 17th and 18th holes. It was his career low round after eight scores of 66 previously in his career. His 15-under-par tournament was the low tournament in Clemson history vs. par on a par 72 course. His score helped the Tigers to a 42-under-par score as a team and an 822 total. Both the under-par and 822 team score were all-time Clemson records.

Clemson has three of the top 15 players in the nation according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. In addition to Trahan's number-one ranking, sophomore Jack Ferguson is ninth with a 69.76 rating, while junior Matt Hendrix is 15th with a 69.99 figure. Ferguson finished fourth at the Cleveland Golf Augusta State Invitational with a 205 score, 11-under-par. Hendrix had a 211 figure and was 21st.

The Clemson team remains ranked number-one in the nation, a position it has held all spring. Texas has moved to number-two, while ACC rival Wake Forest is third. Arizona is fourth, followed by UNLV and Augusta State. North Carolina (11th), Georgia Tech (15th) and NC State (16th) are the other ACC teams in the top 20.

In addition to Clemson's number-one overall ranking, the Tigers also have played the toughest schedule in the nation according to the Sagarin rankings. Clemson has in incredible 73-7-3 record against the other top 25 teams in the nation. The Tigers have finished first, second or third in all 10 of their events this year, a streak that is actually a school record 14 tournaments long going back to last year. The previous Clemson record for consecutive tournament finishes in third place or better was five.

In addition to Trahan's collegiate ranking, he remains number-one in the latest Golfweek/Titleist Amateur rankings. Mahan is also number-two in that ranking, followed by Ricky Barnes of the University of Arizona and Bill Haas of Wake Forest. Clemson's Jack Ferguson is tied for 20th in the amateur rankings.

Clemson will next be in action April 18-20 when it comes in the ACC Tournament at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point, NC.

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